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Last Updated: Wednesday, 14 December 2005, 05:13 GMT
Kennedy leadership in spotlight
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The political spotlight turns on to Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy in the Times and the Daily Telegraph.

They say a revolt by some senior MPs over his leadership style has put his job on the line.

It is the third time in six months that his authority has been questioned, says the Times. The Telegraph reports some Lib Dems think he is not the future.

Meanwhile the Daily Mirror runs an interview with Tony Blair who describes David Cameron as "the same old Tory".

Ultimate firefighter

With the flames finally extinguished at the Buncefield oil depot the Sun has a piece about a tanker driver who fears he triggered the inferno.

It reports the engine cut-off switch in his lorry cap may have ignited petrol vapour he thinks was leaking.

The Daily Express highlights the work of "Britain's answer to Red Adair", the Texan whose exploits fighting oil well fires around the globe made him a household name but who died last year.

Rois Lorenz was driven under police escort from his Humberside home to fight the fire as he is one of a few people who can operate the equipment.

Body mystery

As Bradley Murdoch is found guilty of murdering Peter Falconio it is a photo of the late backpacker's girlfriend who features on many front pages.

The Guardian describes Murdoch as an "outback drifter" who came to the attention of the police after falling out with a fellow drug runner.

For the Express and Daily Mail there are still many unanswered questions.

The Mail's reporter Richard Shears says the biggest mystery is what Murdoch did with his victim's body.

Festive indigestion

And the Mail warns of the "recipe for grumpiness" on Christmas Day - foods that are too high in carbohydrates.

It says the potatoes, bread sauce, gravy stuffing and plum pudding help cause the irritability that leads to the annual family row.

The Guardian offers its own alternative menu to traditional festive fare.

It recommends smoked salmon on pumpernickel bread and turkey with olive oil and garlic, washed down with green, ginger or mint tea.


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